Title: Witch’s Jewel
Author: Kater Cheek
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Series: Kit Melbourne Book #1
Date of Publication: April 17, 2020
Publisher: Self Published
A sorcerous jewel. A mysterious uncle. Can a barista keep her magical heirloom safe from murderous crooks?
Kit Melbourne longs to quit her brother’s coffee shop to pursue her artistic dreams. And despite the temptation to sell the sought-after enchanted gem she inherited from her uncle, she promises her family to protect it at all costs. But when her brother’s tea-leaf reading predicts her imminent death, she’s terrified to discover those who want it will kill to make it theirs.
Forced to dig into her late relative’s murky past, Kit is doubly shocked when she learns the artifact’s mighty power cannot be transferred unless its caretaker is dead. But despite her command of karate and fierce vampiric allies, her attackers show no sign of giving up their relentless lethal pursuit.
Has Kit’s vow not to sell sealed her doom?
Witch’s Jewel is the first book in the engrossing Kit Melbourne urban fantasy series. If you like strong female leads, high-stakes action, and nail-biting plots, you’ll love Kater Cheek’s enthralling tale.
Witch’s Jewel grabbed my attention from the very first line and held it until the last pages. The novel is fast-paced and light in tone, which is a perfect combination for a good urban fantasy novel.
It becomes clear early on in the book that this world that Kater Cheek has created is unique and like no other. This first instalment in the series seems to only scratch the surface, and I’m looking forward to delving deeper into how magic works in the sequel.
I love a sassy and bad-ass protagonist who is not necessarily the “chosen one” trope, but has something special about her. In this case, Kit Melbourne is an ordinary human, but she inherits a jewel that has magical powers–enabling her to see the magic and supernatural beings in her midst. As you would expect, this puts her in danger, because there are those who want this unique jewel. When her brother, James, who is a witch, reads her tea leaves, he tells her that someone is going to try to murder her. Much of the book is Kit trying to figure out who this is, while navigating the realization that magic truly exists and finding out that many of the people in her life are not quite who (or what) she thought they were. It also seemed like everyone is out to get her (or, more specifically, her stone), and this made for a thrilling read.
While Kit is an “ordinary” human, she’s far from boring. She has a tragic past, she’s proficient in Karate, and she makes questionable (yet relatable) decisions throughout the book that make her interesting and kept me on my toes.
The novel features a very sweet romance subplot. I fell in love with Fenwick, and the friends turned lovers plot nicely compliments the novel’s mystery. The side characters are surprisingly three-dimensional. I particularly liked Silvara and Ulrich, and I’m hoping they continue to make appearances in this series.
I recommend this book to those who love books that blend mystery, fantasy, and romance.
*Thank you to the author for the ebook to review*
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